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Thrush dilemma

Observed: 5th June 2013 By: KelsaeJohnKelsaeJohn’s reputation in BirdsKelsaeJohn’s reputation in BirdsKelsaeJohn’s reputation in BirdsKelsaeJohn’s reputation in Birds
Thrush dilemma
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This one has me scratching my head! Especially after having spotted (no pun intended) the Mistle Thrush the other day. These were in the same area.
I think part of my problem is that I'm certain this is a juvenile. It showed no fear of me and hopped towards me to about 4 feet from me. It was also considerably smaller than a male Blackbird (feeding in the same vicinity) and chased the Thrush away at one point. Also, the greater coverts do not look fully grown (seen clearly in pic. 3).
Finally, in Pic 4 the breast spots look more like 'Mistle' and yet has the 'moustache' of 'Song'
I'm more or less sure I was photographing the same bird.
HELP!

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Beautiful Images John

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Spots

Juvenile Song Thrushes don't have such clearly 'arrowheaded' spots, they have far more blotchy spots, reminiscent of Mistle Thrush. The warm brown tones of the upperparts of this bird are those of Song Thrush...Mistles are more grey, with paler feather edges on the wings. Also, the bright 'rosethorn' edges to the wing coverts are typical of Song Thrush.

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Spots

Thanks for that Ian, I did suspect that was the explanation (juvs. spots not so well defined) and was hoping for confirmation from someone like yourself.
You may remember my 'Mistle Thrush' post the other day in which I said it was my first sighting of that species in 20 years or so and, therefore, I have had no reason or opportunity to become more familiar with the differences between the two.
I will try to remember the other distinguishing characteristics for future reference.

Cheers

John

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dilemma but song?

Colin, what on earth do you mean by that comment? It is simply an abbreviation for 'song thrush' in the same way that 'mistle' was!

Thanks for the compliment, by the way.

Cheers

John

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??? Meaning it was a challenge for me too Read

"A dilemma (For Me Too) " "but Song Thrush ( I Think ) "

In fact it was Ians earlier post(s) comparing the song and Mistle which where helpful .

Nothing to do with abbrieviations ??

Got there in the end :-)

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Confusing dilemma

Colin,
When I went to bed last night, a 'light bulb' suddenly switched on in my head! I think I know what the problem was (at least I think I do!). Probably my reference to 'moustache'. I don't know what made me use that term. (My brain works in peculiar ways at times!) What I should have said was 'the dark streaks on either side of the throat on Song thrush'.
Hope that clarifies!

Regards

John

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Nice pictures John. Makes me

Nice pictures John. Makes me feel better about the ID of my song thrush. There seem to be very few pictures with these dark throat markings, it must be more prevalent in the younger thrushes. :-) And yours has similar light patches on the face.

Soph

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Pale face

All juvenile Song Thrushes have those pale edged feathers on the face. They are moulted quite soon, though, as the bird starts its partial post-juvenile moult, in July or so.

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